Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice ★★★★

If Man won't kill God, then the Devil will do it!

I think that my first viewing of Batman v Superman was poisoned by the fact that I still had a severely sour taste in my mouth from the day before when I rewatched Man of Steel. The absolute atrocities that film committed really left a huge dent in my head regarding Zack Snyder and his vision of Superman, so I believe I had some precognition about shunning any further misrepresentation. What I expected even less was how many positive reviews from the most unexpected of places (meaning certain friends online), leading me to wonder what they all saw in this film that I had missed out on. I finally was able to sit down and rewatch the film with a more open mind and Man of Steel further out of my mind, and because of this, I believe that I walked away with a much better interpretation of what happened.

The word "god" typically suggests a deity that was or is worshipped by any culture or group of people. Whenever we think of Greek gods, the first thing that most likely comes to mind is the fact that this group of fabricated deities were worshipped by the Greeks as all-powerful creators and holders of the universe. But what really never occurred to me until my rewatch tonight was the fact that the Greek gods were actually the very first form of superhero characters. Fictional beings with supernatural powers that they use for either the good or dismay of mankind. Modern superheroes are no less like this, but so few superhero films now acknowledge this fact that most of us simply accept that they are all comic book characters hand drawn by an artist. They may be characters, but they can also be seen as a modern day version of the Greek gods. The gods were fictional beings meant to be symbols of peace and sources of relief from things that seemed to be out of control. Superheroes are the knights in shining armor that save everyday humans from seemingly impossible to stop disasters. These superheroes are symbols of hope in a world where we appear to have none. Glimmering reminders that there really is still hope out their for us, inspiring us to never give up.

Batman v Superman lays some heavy subtlety into its story about Greek mythology. Lex Luthor references it himself many times in his near nonstop psychotic ramblings. The news montage scene references this facet as well, but even Superman's statue in Metropolis suggests some sort of Greek god-like pose that he maintains as some sort of symbol of hope for the people. Superman is the living Greek god, powerful, but flawed; a shining hope for the destitute seeking relief. It's so good to have someone in Hollywood finally realize the true origin of the superhero genre, because Snyder makes this film look more like a Greek tragedy than a typical superhero film.

A lot of the qualms I had with the film the first time seem to have dissipated with this rewatch, as well. Once I realized that Eisenberg's Lex Luthor was actually supposed to be the son of the real Lex Luthor, I felt more willing to accept his iteration of the character. He makes Superman's nemesis more modernized, yet doesn't make him feel cheap in any way. Eisenberg's performance actually clicked with me quite well this time, and I quite enjoyed his psychologically driven character.

I especially enjoyed Hans Zimmer's score, as well. The violin-lead pieces are what really stood out to me, giving this superhero film a more unique elegance than what could be found in most other recent films. Maybe this sounds strange or even pretentious, but I really, really loved his classical-style pieces in the film. Most of these parts revolved around moments with Luthor, but they ended up being my favorite moments in the soundtrack. Junkie XL's part was still pretty great too, although I feel Zimmer's side more accurately achieved what Snyder was aiming for.

Another big complaint I had for some reason was that they tried too hard to cram in so many superheroes into one film. Perhaps this was just the intentional negativity that carried over from my Man of Steel revisit, because this time I thought that they did a fine job of hinting at the next installments in the DCCU. Television aficionados will already know about The Flash, in all likelihood, but it was still nice to get a glimpse at Aquaman and Cyborg. I really can't wait to see what their solo debuts will be like.

Snyder's insanely mesmerizing tribute to Greek mythologies that is Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice sat a lot better with me on this rewatch. There are still a few complaints here and there that stuck with me, but even the opening scene won me over this time. Snyder's consistent use of subtle allegory and homage had me drawn in like I never expected to be, and I believe that for the most part everything worked out quite well for me this time. This, surprisingly enough, is a well thought out tribute that is probably one of my favorite DC movies as of recent. I can't wait to see what changes with the Ultimate Edition.

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